Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has called on the Irish Government to stand up against the aggression of the Israeli Government and for the human rights of the population of Gaza following the latest deadly attack on a UN school.
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has described the attack as a "moral outrage”, a criminal act" and a "gross violation of international humanitarian law”.
Gerry Adams said:
“The shelling of the school in Rafah in southern Gaza, which has killed at least 10 civilians is the latest in a series of horrific attacks perpetrated against the civilian population of Gaza.
“This school was sheltering 3,000 people who sought refuge from Israeli bombardment. The Israeli defence forces were given the co-ordinates of the school.
“The rest of the world cannot stand by while defenceless men, women and children continue to be attacked and murdered in their homes, in hospitals, in play grounds, on the beach, and in UN schools.
“The Irish Government needs to reflect the outrage of the Irish people at these criminal acts by the Israeli Government.
“The Taoiseach must now speak out against very clearly against the attempted destruction of Gaza and its people. His continued refusal to recall the Dail in the face of growing anger among the public is untenable.
“Where is the Tánaiste and Labour Party Leader at this time? Why has she not spoken out on this most fundamental of human rights issues?
“So far the Irish Government has been shamefully silent and has hidden behind the EU rather than speak out in its own right.
“The Dáil should be recalled immediately so that TDs can express their views on the situation in Gaza and so that we can challenge the current stance of the Irish Government.”